Beyond the Playroom


When action figures are replaced by video games and picture books make way for dystopian trilogies, it’s time turn the playroom into a teen hangout. The changeover can be bittersweet, as I discovered last summer when forced to part with almost all of my daughters’ “little kid” toys after a basement flood. Good-bye, Matchbox cars and Barbies. Hello, electric guitars and video games. So I headed to the Room & Board store in Edina, Minnesota, for some much-needed inspiration and found a lot of creative ways to combine furniture and accessories in a teen-friendly way.

I focused on making the space inviting for my teen and tween and their friends. First order of business: ample lounging areas. A sectional is an excellent choice because kids can stretch out for movie-watching and playing video games. Or consider adding a sleeper sofa to your teen’s room for extra seating and a spot for sleepovers.


Plenty of easy-to-access storage makes all the difference. That way, when the kids clean up after themselves (a mom can dream, right?), there’s a place for everything. Bookshelves and media centers hold today’s large TVs and everything from remotes to game consoles and books.


Finish off the room with accessories that reflect their personalities. Use throws and accent pillows in their favorite colors to add personality and comfort to the room. Floor pillows are a great way add texture and comfort for hanging out or studying.

Photos by Room & Board

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